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Camp Guide 2011


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When I was a kid, back when Jesus still wore short pants, our parents sent my big brother and me to a summer day program in St. Louis called Camp Comet. Being kids, we all called it Camp Vomit, but nonetheless enjoyed making lanyards and running around layering on that hot-weather kid fug made of baseball diamond dust, sweat and the colored stuff that came out of Pixy Stix.

— Compiled by Mary Jo Meade

Academy District 20 Summer School

Colorado Springs, 234-1374, asd20.org/sse

D-20's summer programs for grades pre-K to high school run the gamut from intervention and credit recovery to themed adventures, band, and even computer programming and electrical engineering. Check the website the week of March 28 for detailed program descriptions.

Academy of Children's Theatre

Colorado Springs, 282-9101, aoct.net

Students explore the elements of theater through teaching and creative improvisations, and prepare and perform a play or musical theater production. There are musical theater camps for ages 6 to 9, and musical theater, acting and Shakespeare camps for ages 9 to 12 and 13 to 18.

All Star Adventures Skateboard Camps

Colorado Springs and elsewhere, 866/758-2267, allstartrips.com/denver-day.htm

Professionally trained, certified instructors lead small groups in warm-ups, stretches and safety demos, followed by new skateboard skills and tricks, fun skate games and more.

Alleycat Theatrics

Colorado Springs, 209-1484, alleycattheatrics.com

Alleycat offers creative and educational day camps and classes for ages 8 to 16. This summer's choices: Mamma Mia!, Grease, Charlie Brown, Song and Dance, Improvisation and Creative Dramatics, and Creative Playwriting.

American Dance Training Camp

Copper Mountain, 866/383-2382, americandancetrainingcamp.com

Dance camp for girls ages 8 to 17 at all skill levels. Instructors teach core jazz/funk and hip-hop classes, but participants are exposed to a variety of dance disciplines. Hiking, horseback riding, swimming and whitewater rafting can be added to dance training.

Artsports Gym Camp and Trampoline Camp

Colorado Springs, 531-5867, artsportsworld.com

Artsports offers full-day camps for ages 5 to 12. Activities include trampoline, tumbling, field trips and crafts. Discounts are available.

Bemis Day Camp at La Foret

Colorado Springs, 475-2444, csfineartscenter.org/Education/DayCamps.asp

The school offers a camp for ages 6 to 11. Campers will spend two hours on art and two hours on acting daily, with nature hikes and swimming.

Blue Mountain Ranch

Florissant, 719/748-3279, bluemountainranch.com

This is a traditional camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 16. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, fishing, drama, ropes course and more.

Bold Earth Adventures

Golden, 303/526-0806, boldearth.com

The adventure camps that Bold Earth runs in Colorado are just a few among others nationwide and in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Campers must be 11 to 18. Scholarships are available.

Camp Comfort

Near Georgetown (30 miles west of Denver), 303/674-6400, campcomfort.org

This unique bereavement camp is a way for children ages 6 to 12 to explore feelings of grief and share memories of loved ones through activities led by licensed social workers. Of course, the camp also offers swimming, horseback riding, fishing, and arts and crafts. Scholarships are available.

Camp Elim

Woodland Park, 687-2030, campelim.com

This Christian Bible camp for students entering grades 3 to 12 offers a mixture of activities, including swimming, archery, hiking, nature studies and handcrafts, along with spiritual instruction.

Camp Invention Science Day Camp

Colorado Springs, 800/968-4332, campinvention.org

Led by local educators, the week-long camp immerses elementary school children in hands-on learning disguised as fun summer activities. There will be intriguing experiments, puzzling investigations and engineering challenges that help campers become inspired, creative problem-solvers. Discounts are available.

Camp Timberline Sports and Mountain Adventure

At the base of Longs Peak, south of Estes Park, 970/484-8462, camptimberline.com

Camp Timberline is a Christian camp, with sessions for boys and girls ages 7 to 18. Sports and activities include basketball, football, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, soccer, arts and crafts, and dance as well as hiking and mountain adventure.

Camp Whiskers & Wags

Colorado Springs, 473-1741 ext. 139, hsppr.org

This is the first day camp offered by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, open to kids who will be entering grades 3 to 5. Campers will learn what it takes to socialize foster animals and how clicker training works, explore the world of veterinary medicine, and do daily hands-on critter work. Register online for one of the five-day sessions.

Catamount Institute

Colorado Springs, 471-0910 ext. 104, catamountinstitute.org

Week-long adventures include Creepy Crawly Safari (ages 6 to 8); Outdoor Explorers Camp (9 to 11), with rock climbing, interaction with wolves and camping; Wilderness Leaders Wild & Green Career Camp (11 to 13), building the next generation of outdoor leaders, and featuring camping and CPR certification; and Backpack Beyond (13 to 16), learning wilderness survival skills before a four-day backpacking trek through the Collegiate Peaks.

Challenger Learning Center of Colorado

Colorado Springs, 598-9755, clccs.org

The center offers a space-oriented educational environment where kids learn about rocketry and fly simulated space missions. This summer there are nine programs for young people entering grades 1 to 12, including Toys in Space, Moonbase Crisis and Lego Robotics.

Cheley Colorado Camps

Estes Park, 303/377-3616 through May 15, then 970/586-4244, cheley.com

Since 1921, Cheley has offered four-week overnight camping sessions for ages 9 to 17. Activities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, campouts, rock and tech climbing, mountain biking, crafts, sports and whitewater rafting.

Chess Camp of Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, 634-1144, rockymountainchess.com

Offering beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction and mini tournaments for ages 6 to 18. Campers can sign up for one or both sessions, June 13-17 and June 20-24.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Colorado Springs, 633-9925 ext. 127, cmzoo.org

The zoo runs camps for ages 4 to 15. Learn about the wonders of wildlife and wild places. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more.


Colorado Springs, 634-9099, climbcityrock.com

CityRock will offer three summer camps: Climbing Critters, for kids ages 4 to 5; Indoor Climbing Camp, for kids 6 to 12, who will learn climbing basics and expand their skills; and an Outdoor Climbing Camp for older kids with adventures including belaying, top-roping and bouldering.

Colorado Academy of Music and Dance

Colorado Springs, 635-1004, springsdance.com

Kids 4 and up can learn Capoeira, a Brazilian art form that combines martial arts with fluid dance movements. There are also classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and breakdance for ages 14 to adult. Private piano, guitar and voice lessons are also available.

Colorado Elite All-Star Cheerleading

Colorado Springs, 694-4776, coelitecheer.com

Colorado Elite offers an inexpensive cheerleading camp for all ages. Campers will learn cheer, pom dance and tumbling skills and routines. Check website for camp dates.

Colorado College Summer Programs

Colorado Springs

• FunQuest Summer Day Camp: 389-6764, coloradocollege.edu/cccc/classes/funquest: Nine, week-long day camps for children ages 6 to 12. Field trips, swimming, skating, meals, games, sports and arts and crafts. Register online.• Gifted and Talented Program: 389-6169, coloradocollege.edu/dept/ED/childrenSummer/giftedtalented.html: As part of this program, children entering grades 1 to 6 participate in courses and activities that challenge their intellectual and creative talents. The 2011 application deadline has passed, but call after April 1 to check for late application availability; 2012 registration begins in early February.• Whiz Bang Science Program: 389-6169, coloradocollege.edu/dept/ED/childrenSummer/whizbang.html: Featuring hands-on activities in science, the program gives kids entering grades 1 to 6 the chance to develop science process skills through a variety of guided scientific investigations. This year's theme: "Enthralling Engineering!"

Colorado Lions Camp

Woodland Park, 687-2087, coloradolionscamp.org

Colorado Lions Camp offers 10, one-week sessions for campers with all types of disabilities. Activities include astronomy, mini-golf, ropes-course work, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping and hiking. Sponsorships are available through the Lions Club of Colorado.

Colorado Springs Conservatory

Colorado Springs, 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org

This camp is aimed at performing arts students ages 5 to 13, and includes musical theater, drama, vocal art, dance, piano, composition, violin, guitar, rhythm and art. Musicianship and performance classes for children ages 14 to 19 are offered in collaboration with the Central City Opera Association.

Colorado Springs Parks & Rec: Sports Programs

Colorado Springs, 385-5981, springsgov.com

• Sports leagues: T-ball for boys and girls entering grades K to 2, and baseball for boys and softball for girls going into grades 3 to 12. Financial aid is available.• Skyhawks Sports: MiniHawk Multisport (baseball, basketball and soccer) for kids entering grades K to 2, and Multisport (flag football and soccer) for kids going into grades 1 to 5. Individual sports include golf for kids entering grades K to 3, and basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, flag football and Capture the Flag (just pure fun) for kids entering grades 1 to 5.• Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: Coaches from the U.K. will work with campers ages 3 to 16.

Colorado Springs School District 11

Colorado Springs, 520-2000; 520-2715 or 520-2720 (high school credit recovery); d11.org

D-11 has tentative plans to offer a credit-recovery program in June for high school students and, depending on budget constraints, may offer enrichment programs for students at other grade levels. Announcements of summer programs will appear in the Quick Links on D-11's home page.

Colorado Springs Parks & Rec: Young Stars Summer Day Camp

Colorado Springs, 385-6005, cbrownlow@springsgov.com

Five, six-week day camps for ages 6 to 13 feature sports, arts and crafts, games and educational endeavors, all held at Springs city parks and the Westside Community Center. Scholarships are available.

Colorado Springs Parks & Rec: Activities at Community Centers

Colorado Springs, 385-5981, springsgov.com

• Three of the centers offer day camps, field trips and total wetness at the Spray Ground for young people ages 3 to 17: Deerfield Hills Community Center, 4290 Deerfield Hills Road, 385-5996; Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900; and Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave., 385-7940.• One of the Parks & Rec Young Stars six-week day camps will be located at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., 385-7920 (contact 385-6005, cbrownlow@springsgov.com), along with the Old Colorado City branch library's summer reading programs.

The Colorado Springs School Summer Programs

Colorado Springs, 475-9747, css.org

CSS offers a broad array of summer camps for kids entering grades K to 12, including Mermaid Camp, Wizardly Ways, Introductory Video Game Creation, Glass Torchworking, Historic Inventions, Arduino for All!, Animation Creation and The Chef's Challenge. There are also sports camps for all ages.

Colorado Youth Program Mountain Summer Camp & Teen Adventure Camp

Near the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, 303/402-9656, coloradoyouthprogram.org

Held in the mountains of western Boulder County, Colorado Youth Program's 10-day camps are for boys and girls ages 11 to 18. Enjoy whitewater rafting, backpacking, banding birds, fishing, volunteering to help the environment and more. Scholarships and sliding-scale tuition are available.

Counterpoint School

Colorado Springs, 633-9880, counterpointschool.com

For kids ages 2 to 10, summertime at Counterpoint is filled with ice cream socials, swimming, art lessons in the park, science and nature studies, dance and movement, tumbling, field trips and storytelling — plus an end-of-the-season art auction.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Cortez, 800/422-8975, crowcanyon.org/summercamps

Crow Canyon runs one-week camps for middle school and high school students, who work on excavations with archaeologists and study artifacts. A three-week intensive field school is available for high school-age students. Full scholarships are available.

CU-Boulder Science Discovery Wilderness Camps

Colorado and elsewhere, 303/735-6628, colorado.edu/sciencediscovery/camps

This year there will be 10, five- to 12-day adventures for students who have completed grades 4 to 10, including Rocky Mountain Trails and Peaks, Paleo Expedition, Colorado Explorer and Paddler, Wolf Tracks and Backpacks, and Pacific Northwest National Science Trek. Partial scholarships are available.

Deer Hill Expeditions

Colorado and other locations, 800/533-7221, deerhillexpeditions.com

Deer Hill organizes wilderness and cross-cultural service programs in the southwest U.S., Colorado and Costa Rica, for teens entering grades 7 to 12. Programs cover wilderness skills, backpacking, camping, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking. Partial scholarships are available.

Eagle Lake Camps and Day Camps

Colorado Springs, 800/873-2453, eaglelakecamps.com

This Christian summer camp runs a variety of programs for ages 8 to 18, focused on Christ-centered love and commitment through friendships with counselors and outdoor experiences. There are also day camps at Glen Eyrie for kids ages 7 to 12, offering outdoor activities, field trips along the Front Range, sports, arts and crafts, plus Bible lessons and more.

Early Connections Learning Centers

Colorado Springs, 632-1754 ext. 1001, earlyconnections.org

All children up to age 14 are welcome in these literacy-based programs that include fun field trips and great activities. There are multiple locations across the city to help working families with summer childcare, as well as a sliding fee scale.

Earth Mountain Education Farm

Weston (25 miles west of Trinidad), 719/680-0215, earthmountainfarm.org

Offering day camp for kids 3 and older and three-day camps for ages 8 and up on a working, sustainable, off-grid farm. Earth Mountain promotes self-empowerment, social consciousness and stewardship. Children will live in tipi lodges, play environmental education games, and be part of daily farm activities from cooking on the wood stove to natural building projects.

Easter Seals Colorado Rocky Mountain Village

Empire (40 miles west of Denver), 303/569-2333 ext. 301, eastersealscolorado.org

This residential camp serves people ages 6 and up who have physical and developmental disabilities. Camp activities include horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, music, drama, sports, fishing and riding the zipline. Scholarships are available.

El Paso County Parks Nature Camps

Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs, 520-6387; Fountain Creek Nature Center, Fountain, 520-6745; Fox Run Park, Black Forest, 520-6745; elpasocountyparks.com

El Paso County Parks offer summer day camps June through early August, for kids entering grades 1 to 6, including naturalist-led hikes, discovery time in the woods, hands-on activities, crafts, a T-shirt, camp photo, songs, games and more. There are special "Rites of Passage" activities for sixth-graders. Discounts and scholarships are available.

El Pueblo History Museum Summer Workshops

Pueblo, 719/583-0453, coloradohistory.org/hist_sites/pueblo/pueblo.htm

Children ages 8 to 12 will become history detectives as they explore museum exhibits and then use their experiences to create works of folk art using clay, fiber, origami paper, paint and tin. Also includes a week-long landscape art class taught by Starr Miller for kids 8 to 14.

Falcon Sports Camps

Colorado Springs, 333-2116, goairforcefalcons.com

Held at the Air Force Academy, these camps welcome athletes ages 8 to 18 in training for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse and more. Boys and girls can commute to the Academy or stay on campus if they are 12 or older.

First Presbyterian Church Ascent Camps

Colorado Springs, 884-6126, first-pres.org/camps

First Presbyterian hosts a number of camps for kids entering grades K to 8. Programs include a music and drama camp, a primary day camp for grades K to 2, as well as overnight out-of-town camps for grades 3 to 8. Scholarships available.

Fountain Arts Center Camps and Classes

Fountain, 205-7909, fountainartscenter.com

The center offers programs for ages 3 to adult. There are four camps, including Princess Dance, Musical Theater (Jungle Book), Worship Dance and Broadway Jazz. Classes include ballet, jazz and hip-hop; piano or guitar; and private voice training.

Fountain Valley School Summer Programs

Colorado Springs, 390-7035, fvs.edu

This private, college-prep high school offers an assortment of programs for young people 9 to 18 in June and July, including art classes through the Bemis School of Art, as well as lacrosse, soccer, philanthropy, horseback riding, robotics and more.

Girl Scouts of Colorado

Sky High Ranch (Woodland Park), Magic Sky Ranch (west of Fort Collins), Tomahawk Ranch (west of Denver), 877/404-5708,girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Girl Scout camp prides itself on offering big fun and adventure at moderate cost. There are three- to 12-day residential camps in the mountains, and you don't have to be a Girl Scout to participate — programs are planned for all girls ages 6 to 17. Discounts are available for new campers, and transportation is available to select overnight camp sessions.

Girls' Wilderness Program

Boulder, 303/938-9191, womenswilderness.org

These wilderness-based courses for girls and teens ages 8 to 18 include activities like rock climbing, backpacking, outdoor skills and expressive arts in a "girl-positive" program designed to build leadership skills, confidence and friendships. Four- to 12-day courses are offered as well as a day camp for girls ages 9 to 11. Full and partial scholarships are available.

The Goddard School

Colorado Springs, 495-4432, goddardschool.com

This private preschool near Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway offers summer camps for young children through age 8, featuring storytellers, magicians, musicians, special guests and more. School Readiness Camp, for ages 5 to 8, is a curriculum program designed to prepare children for kindergarten and first and second grades.

Golden Bell Camp & Conference Center

Divide, 687-9561, goldenbellccc.org

Golden Bell is a Christian camp and retreat center that offers a variety of overnight, coed camping experiences for kids. Camps are three to five days and include climbing, rappelling, hiking, whitewater rafting, swimming, zipline, disc golf, archery, challenge course, high-ropes course, basketball, volleyball, fishing, "funyaks," horseback riding, putt-putt golf and more.

Graner Music

Colorado Springs, 574-2001, granermusic.com

Graner offers summer lesson programs in piano, guitar, band and orchestra for beginners and advanced players.

Handprints Early Education Centers

Colorado Springs, 598-4083, hand-prints.org

This Christian day camp offers advanced education programs, Bible studies and elementary preparatory activities for children ages 1 to 12.

HillSprings Learning Center

Colorado Springs, 576-3840, hillsprings.org

This center offers multi-sensory instruction in reading, written language, study skills and math for grades 1 to 8 during a five-week program.

Hope Montessori Academy

Colorado Springs, 388-8818 and 573-5300; Monument, 488-8723; Falcon, 886-4900, montessorichild.com

These schools hold year-round programs with summer camp activities for ages 12 and younger. Summer camps include fun and educational field trips, swimming, sports clinics, gymnastics and daily activities with arts and crafts.

Horizon Adventures

Denver, 303/393-7297, horizonadventures.com

Horizon Adventures is a camp for ages 13 to 18, focusing on personal growth through outdoor-based education. The camp provides technical know-how and training in climbing, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, biking, backpacking and general wilderness safety. Financial aid is available.

Imagination Celebration Camps

Colorado Springs, 387-9015, imaginationcelebration.org

Imagination Celebration offers summer day camps for kids entering grades 1 to 9 featuring a different theme each session. Check the website for details about its creative one-week programs.

Junior Academy Children's Centers

Colorado Springs, 598-2095, jracademykids.com

Day camps for ages 5 to 15 with activities including taekwondo, swimming lessons, ice skating, bowling and mini-golf, plus day trips to places like the North Pole, Sky Sox games and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

KinderCare Learning Centers

Colorado Springs 888/938-6226, kindercare.com/summercamp

KinderCare offers week-long summer camps for preschool, pre-kindergarten and school-aged children. There is a new camp every week, including sports, art and science.

Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Summer Programs

Monument, 785-4224, lewispalmer.org, click on Community

MyPlace, for D-38 kids entering grades 1 to 6, runs 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or fewer hours, if you like) and includes swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, cooking, and learning about our Fifty Nifty States. Learning Points' short camps include tennis, drama, music, driver's ed, fine arts, film study and a day of tie dye, and is open to kids living in or outside the district who are entering grades K to 9. Students taking summer school courses can plan to blend their classwork hours with the MyPlace and Learning Points programs.

The Little Gym

Colorado Springs, 447-9153, tlgcoloradospringsco.com

The gym offers three-hour camps for children ages 3 to 8 that combine physical fitness, special events, and arts and crafts.

Manitou Art Theatre

Colorado Springs, 465-6321, themat.org

The MAT offers one- and two-week theater camps for kids pre-K through teens. Themes range from "She Swallowed a Fly" to "Tall Tales of the West," from "Shaking Up Shakespeare" to Improvisation. Professionals teach each small group of campers to bring stories, scenes and characters to life, which builds confidence and stretches imaginations.

Manitou Springs Aquatics

Manitou Springs, 685-9735, manitoupool.com

Learn to swim or perfect your stroke at the Manitou Pool. Both private and public summer swimming lessons will be offered for ages 3 and up.

Manitou Springs Public Library

Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitousprings.colibraries.org

The library offers a summer reading program on Thursday mornings, and every-other-Tuesday Cool Science sessions for kids of all ages. Thursday adventures, featuring storytellers, guest speakers and activities, are for kids in preschool through grade 5. Everything is free, and you don't have to live in Manitou to participate.

Mizel Museum Creative Journeys Camps

Denver, 303/749-5018, mizelmuseum.org

Affordable one-week sessions for grades pre-K to 6 begin in late May and are held in the museum's new permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. Teaching artists will focus on visual arts, theater, photography, music, movement and storytelling.

Mountain Park Environmental Center

Beulah (west of Pueblo), 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org

Camps for kids entering grades 3 to 9, including Adventure and Wonders of Nature day camps; Survival and Advanced Survival camps; Mission: Wolf; Backpack Camp; Mountain Pathways and Birds & the Bees, both for young women; and Mountain Man Discovery. Their Counselor-in-Training program is for kids entering grades 9 to 12, and Little Kids Camp is for children entering grades K to 2.

The New and Seasoned Cook

Colorado Springs, 964-4443, thenewandseasonedcook.com

Week-long themed cooking camps — bread, Italian, Greek, etc. — for young people ages 10 to 18. The last day of these every-other-week camps features a cooking competition.

Operation Purple Camp

Colorado Springs, 800/260-0218, militaryfamily.org

The National Military Family Association offers a free, one-week camp for children (ages 7 to 17) of deployed, uniformed service members. The association also offers free, four-day family retreats year-round at national parks for military families whose service member has recently returned from deployment.

Outer Edge Performance

Larkspur, Littleton and Denver, 303/458-1909, outeredgeperformance.com

These adventure-based camps are designed for young people ages 6 to 18. Activities include rock climbing, rappelling, rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, horseback riding and more.

Outpost Wilderness Adventure

Lake George, 719/748-3080 (after May 1), owa.com

These camps for ages 11 to 18 offer activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering and backpacking expeditions.

Outward Bound Wilderness

Golden and nationwide, 866/467-7651, outwardbound.org

Outward Bound Wilderness, part of the international Outward Bound nonprofit organization, offers more than 500 adventure-based wilderness courses in the United States for ages 12 and up. Sessions range in length from four days to three months, and include rock climbing, sea kayaking, backpacking, mountaineering, sailing and canoeing.

Peace Camp

Colorado Springs, 632-6189, peacecamp@ppjpc.org

Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, Peace Camp is a day camp with a Friday night campout for grades 1 to 8. Goals include teaching children to seek nonviolent solutions, community building, environmental awareness and multiculturalism through arts, activities and games. Scholarships are available.

Pikes Peak Library District

Colorado Springs, 531-6333 ext. 1403 or 2403, teen programs ext. 1318, ppld.org

Programs exist for infants to 18-year-olds, including a summer reading game and programming for younger readers, along with workshops and more games. "You Are Here" is the teen Summer Reading Program theme, and there will be summer movie nights at the East Teen Center, a skate night at Skate City and a bowling night at Brunswick Zone.

Pikes Peak Young Composers Summer Workshop

Colorado Springs, 593-1831, pikespeakyoungcomposers.org

The July 11-15 workshop for kids ages 8 to 18 features music composition classes, opportunities to meet other composers, and a concert of original music performed by the young musicians.

Pine Creek Theatre Summer Academy

Colorado Springs, 234-8477, pinecreektheatre.org

This is a four-day camp in July teaching all things stage, with courses on improvisation, auditioning, tap dancing, ballet for musical theater, and script analysis. The camp is aimed at students entering grades 6 to 8 and 9 to 12.

Primrose Schools

Colorado Springs, Briargate, 268-0664; Cottonwood Creek, 260-8181; Springs Ranch, 442-1992, primroseschools.com

These private schools are offering three themed camps for kids pre-K to 12 — Expedition Summer, Dig! Stir! Chomp!, and Destination Science.

Pueblo YMCA's Camp Jackson

Rye, 719/543-5151, campjackson.com

Located in the foothills of Greenhorn Mountain, Camp Jackson offers traditional and high-adventure camps for 7- to 17-year-olds. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, shooting sports, canoeing, camping and whitewater rafting. Financial assistance is available.

Pueblo Zoo Summer Camps

Pueblo, 719/561-1452 ext. 100, pueblozoo.org

This summer's five, week-long zoo camps for kids entering grades K to 5 have themes ranging from Ocean Discovery to Predator Survival Guide. And for those entering grades 9 to 12, Zoo Crew 2011 offers hands-on work at the zoo's Pioneer Ranch, feeding and caring for farm animals and supervising the public-interaction area.

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp

Divide, 687-9506, rmmc.org

This Mennonite overnight camp is open to those entering grades 3 to 12. Family camps also are available. Activities include nature study, arts and crafts, hiking and volleyball, to be enjoyed while encouraging holistic Christian growth. Scholarships are available.

Sanborn Western Camps

Florissant, 748-3341, sanbornwesterncamps.com

Since 1948, Sanborn has emphasized personal growth and adventure in the high peaks of Colorado. Dates run from June through August, in 15-day camps for children entering grades 2 to 5, or month-long camps for those entering grades 3 to 10.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Summer Camps

Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sangredecristoarts.org

Young at Art Summer Camps are week-long sessions — attend one or all eight, half- or full-day — that include visual arts, theater and movement. This summer's themes include Iron Chef Adventures, Grossology: Sounds and Slime and Artful Awful, and Undersea Adventure.

Sky High Hope Camp

Bellvue (eight miles northwest of Fort Collins), 303/861-1754, skyhighhope.org

Sky High is a free camp for kids with cancer, ages 8 to 18, and their siblings (if space is available). Activities at the July 10-16 camp include nature study, arts and crafts, skits and music, canoeing, fishing, rafting, archery, rock climbing and a ropes course.

Sky Ranch Ute Trail

Powderhorn, 877/215-7725, skyranch.org

This Christian adventure camp runs outdoor adventures for older teens and families in the Rocky Mountains.

St. Luke's Children's Center

Colorado Springs, 598-7821, saintlukes-cs.org

St. Luke's offers summer camp activities for kids up to age 10, including sports, vacation Bible school, field trips, library visits and cooking classes. This summer's theme, "What I Want to Be," will be an intro to college and careers, complete with practice in résumé writing.

Stars Gymnastics Summer Day Camp

Colorado Springs, 598-6863, starsngv.com

Stars Gymnastics leads camps for kids ages 5 to 12 featuring tumbling and gymnastics, plus field trips, swimming, games, and arts and crafts projects.

Starsmore Discovery Center

Colorado Springs, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org

This summer's adventures include the July 19-22 Cheyenne Cañon Camp for kids 8 to 13. Campers will learn about cañon ecology and the region's cultural history, hike Columbine Trail and set up a tipi. Discounts are available for military families and members of Friends of Cheyenne Cañon.

The Sunshine House Summer Camp

Colorado Springs, 598-5908, sunshinehouse.com

For kids pre-K to 12, this is a summer day camp that includes field trips, arts and crafts, and more.

Sunshine Learning Center Explorers Club

Colorado Springs, 598-7852, sunshinelearningcentercs.com

The Explorers Club offers swimming, field trips and educational activities for children ages 6 to 12.

UCCS Family Development Center Summer Camp

Colorado Springs, 255-3483, uccs.edu/fdc

For kids 6 to 11, the Center offers daily field trips to such destinations as Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Fountain Creek Nature Center, as well as pleasure reading, art, science, cooking and computers. Financial aid is available.

UCCS Summer Camps

Colorado Springs, 255-3099, uccs.edu/camps

UCCS offers summer programs for ages 4 to 18, including individual and team athletics; recreation programs; science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) camps; and an array of art and culture programs, including the TheatreWorks Shakespeare Camp. Check the website for a full schedule.

Urban League Summer Camp

Colorado Springs, 471-1930, springsurbanleague.org

The Urban League offers "Fun in the Sun" day camps for area children that feature field trips and tons of fun activities. Tutoring in math, reading and spelling will also be available.

Venetucci Farm Summer Programs

Colorado Springs, 389-1251 ext. 112, ppcf.org/summerprogramsforkids

Venetucci Farm offers two, week-long day programs for girls and boys entering grades 3 to 7, filled with farm experiences like collecting eggs, feeding chickens, grooming a horse, slopping pigs, exploring wetlands, planting seeds, watering and weeding, and maybe even harvesting tasty garden snacks. Children learn about both the domestic and wild animals that make Venetucci Farm their home.

Village Seven Presbyterian Church Camp

Colorado Springs, 574-6700 ext. 21, v7pc.org

Village Seven offers free Summer StoryTime for ages 3 to 8. There are also soccer (ages 3 to 12) and basketball (ages 6 to 12) camps, and vacation Bible school.

Wizard Camp at Theatre of Dreams

Castle Rock, 303/660-6799, amazingshows.com

Professional magicians will teach level one and level two programs focusing on staging, the art of performance, creativity and timing. Young people ages 7 and up will increase their self-confidence and stage presence while having fun. The camp ends with an on-stage recital.

Woodward at Copper Summer Camps

Copper Mountain, 866/677-1691, woodwardatcopper.com

Snowboard, ski, skateboard and cheer camps (residential and day camps) for kids 8 and up. This is Colorado's only summer on-snow terrain park and includes an indoor training facility with artificial snowflex jumps, jib lines, skate bowls and mini-ramps, foam pits, spring floor, tumble trak, spotting belts, and Olympic fly-bed trampolines. Also on offer: Go-Karts, bungee jump, and much more.

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

329-7280, ppymca.org

The YMCA offers week-long day camps featuring various themes for children ages 5 to 12. Visit the website or contact locations for more information. Financial aid is available.

• Briargate YMCA, 4025 Family Place, 282-9622• Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 473-9622• Garden Ranch YMCA, 2380 Montebello Drive West, 593-9622• Meridian Ranch Recreation Center, 10301 Angeles Road, Falcon, 495-7119• Southeast YMCA, 2190 Jet Wing Drive, 622-9622

YMCA Camp Shady Brook

Deckers, 719/329-7257, campshadybrook.org

Camp Shady Brook provides overnight camps for ages 6 to 17. Campers can enjoy a variety of activities such as horseback riding, art camp, archery and swimming. Scholarships are available.

YMCA of the Rockies: Camp Chief Ouray

Granby, 970/887-2648, campchiefouray.org

Camp Chief Ouray offers traditional camping experiences for young people ages 7 to 17. Activities include horseback riding, canoeing, arts and crafts, swimming, campouts, archery and ropes courses. Teen wilderness adventure programs include outdoor challenges like backpacking, whitewater rafting and mountain biking. Scholarships and flexible payment plans are available.

Spring Break options

In researching area summer camps, we happened to learn of a half-dozen camps/classes/workshops to keep kids busy during Spring Break, which for most area students begins March 21.

El Paso County Parks Nature Camps

Bear Creek Nature Center, Colorado Springs, 520-6387; Fountain Creek Nature Center, Fountain, 520-6745; Fox Run Park, Black Forest, 520-6745; elpasocountyparks.com

Fountain Creek's spring break day camp runs March 21-25 for kids in grades 1 to 6. There will be hikes and other outdoor adventures, songs, crafts and snacks, and campers will receive a free T-shirt and group photo. Contact Nancy Bernard at 520-6745 or e-mail nancybernard@elpasoco.com.

El Pueblo History Museum Spring Break

Pueblo, 719/583-0453, coloradohistory.org/hist_sites/pueblo/pueblo.htm

During the March 21-25 spring break workshop, children from 8 to 12 will become history detectives as they explore museum exhibits and then use their experiences to create works of folk art using clay, fiber, origami paper, paint and tin.

Lil' Chefs Spring Break Cooking Classes

Colorado Springs, 635-0200, pbcatering.com

Young chefs ages 8 to 12 will work alongside the pros in a busy kitchen, make lunch with the group, then work on a special creation to take home. Sign up for one or all three themed days — French Bistro, Tuscany and Appetizers — from March 22 through 24.

Pueblo Zoo Spring Break

Pueblo, 719/561-1452 ext. 100, pueblozoo.org

The spring break Discovery Loop Science Camp, March 21-24, will take kids in grades 2 to 5 to the Pueblo Zoo, Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo and the Steelworks Museum.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Spring Break

Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sangredecristoarts.org

The Spring Break Madness Art Camp will offer half- and full-day sessions March 21-25 for children entering grades 1 to 8. Activities include theater, dance, music, cooking, storytelling and more.

Starsmore Discovery Center

Colorado Springs, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org

Kids 7 to 12 will learn to identify the trees, animals and rocks of Cheyenne Cañon over spring break at Junior Ranger Base Camp, March 22-24. Full- and half-day options are available.

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